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Definitions of gem

  1. a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry; " he had the gem set in a ring for his wife"; " she had jewels made of all the rarest stones"
  2. art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
  3. a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
  4. a sweet quick bread baked in a cup- shaped pan
  5. a person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
  6. A bud.
  7. A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornament; a jewel.
  8. Anything of small size, or expressed within brief limits, which is regarded as a gem on account of its beauty or value, as a small picture, a verse of poetry, a witty or wise saying.
  9. To put forth in the form of buds.
  10. To adorn with gems or precious stones.
  11. To embellish or adorn, as with gems; as, a foliage gemmed with dewdrops.
  12. A precious stone; leaf bud; any perfect or rare object; jewel.
  13. To adorn with, or as with, gems.
  14. Gemmed.
  15. Leaf- bud: any precious stone, especially when cut: anything extremely valuable or attractive.
  16. To adorn with gems:- pr. p. gemming; pa. p. gemmed'.
  17. A precious stone; anything rare and precious.
  18. To adorn with gems.
  19. A precious stone.
  20. A precious stone, especially when cut for ornament, as the diamond, ruby, & c.; anything like a gem for lustre, beauty, or value; a leaf- bud.
  21. To bud.
  22. A precious stone of any kind; in bot., a bud; anything exceedingly beautiful or attractive.
  23. To adorn with precious stones; to embellish; to bespangle; to put forth the first buds.
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Usage examples for gem

  1. Well, what can this gem among Spiders do? – The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre
  2. A fine Latin letter was a gem, which a man envied his neighbour. – Erasmus and the Age of Reformation by Johan Huizinga
  3. Lose this little gem - for I'll be bold, and that's what I think it - or go on with the rest, which I don't believe in, and don't like, and which can never make aught but a silly yarn? – Vailima-Letters by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  4. Yet, all said and done, Froude's Beaconsfield is a work of genius, the gem of the series. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul
  5. Yet the mosque which this precious gem made famous is abandoned and deserted, and the courtyard is now a cow pasture. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  6. Unless you have some private reason for not doing so, I beg that you will tell us the history of the gem, if it has one." – An Artist in Crime by Rodrigues Ottolengui
  7. If we had been married five weeks ago, I would not have thought of this gem. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  8. Did you ever think that one little gem, one bag of gold, would buy your freedom? – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  9. It's a gem, and the older the better. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  10. He might study at the window gem or coin and the finish of old designs, or he might lift and look at sheet after sheet of the man's drawings, or watch him at his work, or have with him some talk. – Foes by Mary Johnston
  11. It was a weapon, which at no time was ascribed to him: nor do I believe, that he is ever represented with one either upon a gem, or a marble. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) by Jacob Bryant
  12. In another hour he saw Russell Island, a green gem in the ocean southward, and beyond this, to the south- east, the peaks of Guadalcanar. – Round the World in Seven Days by Herbert Strang
  13. The gem lay between them like a splash of crimson flame. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  14. It is as if some precious gem were set, in a ring, between two others of minor worth. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  15. In his collection, which I have just been to see, I found this gem, that Plotina- do you hear me, boy- that Trajan's wife Plotina, my heart's friend, never to be forgotten, gave me years ago. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  16. I could not take my eyes off the gem. – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  17. Such a gem might be valuable. – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield
  18. Cyril soon lost sight of the new owner of the gem, and didn't know what to do, or where to trace it, or, still worse, what had become of Dulcie. – The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy by Mabel Henriette Spielmann
  19. Who can prevent him from taking one gem at a time and turning it into money? – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
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